Up, Up, Up and Down Down Down

Trip Start Aug 31, 2012
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Trip End Sep 10, 2012


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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Larry was up at 7:15 and I got up about 7:45. Erin was up about 8:00.  We packed, had breakfast, and got the food together for our trip.  Then we sat down and watched the pregame of the Buckeyes and into the 2nd quarter when they made their second touch down.  We felt it was safe to leave at this point.  Before that the Buckeyes didn't look very good.  We packed the car and Erin met her neighbor, Howie, for the first time.  We took off about 10:20.  We decided to take the road through Stevens Pass to Leavenworth.  We stopped and got ice for the cooler on the way.  It took a long time to get to Stevens Pass because of the heavy traffic and problematic stop lights in one town on the way.  After crossing the Pass we stopped at a rest area and had our lunch about 12:45.  It was cool and breezy at that altitude but I’m not complaining.  It felt great.

We arrived at Leavenworth about 1:30 and turned onto Icicle Road and then into the parking lot for the Icicle Ridge Trail.  We got geared up with hiking boots, sunscreen and hiking poles and started up the trail.  The trail guide said it was 2 miles to the top with an elevation gain of 1800 ft.  It went up and up and up and got pretty steep in places.  But we didn’t have to scramble over rocks.  Some of the trail was in the sun and some was in the shade because of a forest fire that denuded a lot of the slopes.  There were a lot of snags still standing but there were good views all the way to the top.  I was glad I had two liters of water.  We started up the trail about 2:00 and got to the top shortly before 4:00.  It was grueling for me.  I really needed a good long stop at the top which wasn’t hard to do because the view was terrific.  We could see the town of Leavenworth way below us with the Wenatchee River flowing through it.  There were rafters and kayakers on the river.  We saw several birds while we were resting.  We sat at the viewpoint on a fallen log for quite a while and didn’t start down until 4:30.  Hiking down was hard on my knees and my legs got shaky.  It’s hard going up because you are fighting gravity but going down steeply is just as difficult.  I was really glad to get back to the car at 6:00.

We went straight to the Howard Johnson’s and checked in.  We got a big room with two twin beds, a sofa, fridge and microwave.  We were all starving.  So we cleaned up a little, changed clothes and headed into town, walking again.  We walked onto Front Street to find Andreas Keller Restaurant.  The town is very Bavarian and quaint.  It is like being back in Germany.  We almost missed the restaurant because it is in the basement and there wasn’t a big sign.  We went down and there was a 15 minute wait.  But they got us a table in less than 5 minutes.  We chose this restaurant because they have spaetzle noodles on the menu as well as very authentic menu items.  We ordered drinks.  Larry had Weiss beer and Erin had a Dunkles.  I had a Radler which is half German lager and half sprite.  For our dinners Erin and I had Schnitzel Cordon Bleu and Larry had Jagerschnitzel.  Erin and mine was a pork cutlet stuffed with swiss cheese and ham, spaetzle and both smothered in the most wonderful cream sauce.  Larry’s had a pork cutlet with spaetzle covered in a mushroom sauce and red cabbage.  For dessert we shared Apple streudel with vanilla sauce and whipped cream.  It was a good as anything we had in Germany.

After supper Erin and Larry wanted to walk around and stop at a beer garden.  I was too tired so I came back to the hotel room, had a shower and blogged.  Larry and Erin got back at 10:10.  They found the Icicle Brewing Company and had a tray of samplers.  There were 6 samples of 4 0z each and it took them a while to drink them after our big supper.
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